Liebster Award – Discovering New Blogs

I started this blog in April as I was solo backpacking in Asia. It has become a new passion for me:) I joined some travelers’ communities, and perhaps my favorite one so far is Travelettes –  backpackers in heels, by and for lady travelers. Recently in their Facebook group I saw a post, asking to submit travel blog links for possible nomination for a Liebster Award.

Liebster award is an award by bloggers and for bloggers. It’s passed from person to person to discover and support new and upcoming bloggers.

I am happy to be nominated by two fellow bloggers for this award. Kayren Mccluskey, a 24-year old traveler from Scotland, writes an awesome blog iTravelista. And Gabi, an Angentinian-born living in Italy, writes The Tiny Book blog about books, culture, motherhood and traveling. Thank you so so much for your nominations and inspiration:)

So I am supposed to answer questions they ask and nominate bloggers myself!

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WHAT WAS THE MOST ENJOYABLE PLACE YOU’VE BEEN TO?

SO many:) New Zealand Great Walks (incredible hikes!) in Fiordland. Island Flores, Indonesia ♥. Angkor Wat, Cambodia. The Grand Canyon (and the surroundings), US. Homestay in the jungle in Laos…

WORST FOOD EXPERIENCE IN ANY COUNTRY?

The location is very predictable – India. As soon as I landed my couchsurfer and I went on a rampage around Delhi and I devoured aaall the dirty weird and delicious street food. Nothing happened! The next day we prepared a huge delicious home-made lunch. I was sick for the next few days. Perhaps it was the water and just dirt in the kitchen in general.

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Delicious Indian meal, prepared by my couchsurfer, unexpectedly got me sick for days

WHAT HAVE YOU LEART ABOUT YOURSELF?

I am so afraid of so many things. But I can be such a badass at times:) I am into sketchy little adventures.

IF YOU TRAVEL SOLO, DO YOU FEEL SAFER GOING ON BEATEN TRAILS OR DO YOU PREFER OFF THE BEATEN ROADS?

Off the beaten track! I really really try that, because that’s where adventures are hiding. I am not into sightseeing anyway.

WHAT ABOUT IMMUNIZATIONS? 

Health and well-being on the road are my priority! I try to always have travel health insurance and more or less be up-to-date on immunizations (unless its a $1,000 shot…), if going to places like Asia, because I know I will want to go into jungle and villages.

IS THERE ANY GADGET, PIECE OF CLOTHING YOU CAN’T LEAVE FOR A TRIP WITHOUT?

Ok, here’s how you can tell a Russian hiker: we all have hand-made foam portable seats:) So basically you take an old foam sleeping map, cut a rectangular piece, size appropriate to your butt. Then you attach an elastic band with buckles to it. Voila! You can sit on a glacier, hot stones, or a wet log. It’s weightless and comfortable, so you basically never take it off, it can always be attached to you. So you can take a break and crash wherever you are at any moment.

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Hikers’s lifehack: foam portable seats

WHAT WAS THE WORST SITUATION WHILE TRAVELING?

‘The worst’ is too of a strong word. Now it’s just a funny story to remember:) I was hitch-hiking with a (girl)-friend of mine for 3 days straight, finally we arrive to Paris. Happy and totally exhausted, we come to our couchsurfer’s place, seems like a nice guy. Very soon it turns our he is a nudist and guests MUST do the same. When we question that, he pushes, calls us culturally insensitive and just TA-DAM… undresses! We run away and sleep on the grass under the Eifel tower. That night continues with us stuffing our face with camembert and champagne with the locals:) So you never know!

WHAT MISTAKES COULD RUIN A TRIP?

A wrong travel partner. Not being flexible and being stuck on your plan and expectations. Getting sick or injured, so it’s important to take care of that.

DO YOU TRY LOCAL FOOD OR RATHER STARVE TO DEATH TILL GETTING BACK HOME?

I think I’d eat and try almost anything. Ants, snakes, crickets, bugs, weird-looking food… Yes please!

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Catching and devouring sea urchins in Vietnam

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT WHEN TRAVELING?

I remember EVERY single day on the road. I’d say the most emotionally loaded was my 2-week trek in the Himalayas, Nepal, to the Everest Base Camp. The day we climbed the highest point of the trip Mt. Kalapathar (5,545 m), we were hardly breathing and moving because of lack of oxygen and fatigue. And yet the flaming red sunset over the Everest and then the young moon left a big imprint.

ANY TIPS FOR KEEPING COSTS DOWN?

Always save money on accommodation (couchsurfing, camping, or really really cheap hostels/ guest houses). Often save money on transportation (hitch-hiking, haggling with cabbies and rickshaws, taking slow local non-AC buses). Somewhat save money on food (no fancy restaurants, big yes to street food. Or just buying food in supermarkets). And rarely saving money on fun and experiences:)

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The (hitch-hiking) ride breaks down on an empty mountain road in Montenegro. Saving money doesn’t always go smooth:)

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE NOMINEES:

Create a blog post on your site answering the questions below.

In your post, be sure to link back to the blog who nominated you:)

Provide a question for your nominees.

Select, list and link 11 other bloggers with under 200 followers and provide these instructions.

Create 11 questions for them to answer.

Notify your nominees and provide a link to your post so that they’ll know what to do.

Once you’re done, come back here and comment with the link to your post so I can check out your answers.

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11 QUESTIONS FOR MY NOMINEES:

1. What are the few cool things on your bucket list?

2. Share a travelhack/ cool travel gadget

3. If you could go back to one place/ destination, what would that be?

4. What would be a one cool person/ soulmate you met on the road?

5. What’s the sketchiest place you’ve been to?

6. The most unusual setting you had to spend a night at (sleep)?

7. What have you learn about yourself when traveling?

8. Any packing tricks?

9. What’s your life motto?

10. Do you care about the blog’s SEO stuff and if yes, any tips?

11. If you could give me an advise, how to make my blog better, what would it be?:)

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MY NOMINEES:

1. Yvonne Reichert – http://www.lovelyforliving-mag.com/

2. Andrea Finita Andres – http://www.wandrealust.com/

3. Kasey Kokenda – http://helplesslywanderlust.com/

4. Maia Williamson – http://travelmeans.ca/

5. Dearbhaile Ni Dhubhghaill – http://www.lifeofdearbh.com/ 

6. Aditi Roy – http://mydreamtravels.com/

7. Kavitha Subramaniam – http://redbohemia.com/

8. Elena Granina – https://egranina.wordpress.com/

9. Elena Kulikova – http://kulikovaelena.tumblr.com/

10. Bimal and Bikram Karki – https://doortodoorsupport.wordpress.com/

11. Yaroslav Adriyanov – http://idea37.info/

˜♥ GO TRAVEL ♥˜

2 Comments:

  1. Hi,
    I read your blog. It is nice to know about your travel adventures. I read everything carefully. I am from India but I live in Germany. I feel sorry to know that you had a bad food experience in India. But I have a question to you : Why India is easily predictable for your bad food experience? I would like to know from you. I believe that you had a bad experience once but you started your reply with something like this : location is predictable. I would like to know why you said so. I have also travelled around Asia,Europe and East Africa. I am studying right now in Germany. I am doing a small research on travel blogs and travel stories.

    • Namaste, Deepti! Thank you for your comment! Your research on travel blogs sounds very interesting. Are you looking into a specific aspect of it or in general? I actually had a bunch of bad food experiences in India, one after another. From home-cooked food, restaurant food… but nevertheless I think its food is fantastic, unique and nothing stopped me from eating it and wanting it:) I carefully considered this reply. First I thought: did I make a wrongful assumption/ generalization? In all the honesty, I don’t think so… MOST (if not all) of my friends, open-minded fellow backpackers had bowel problems from food in India. This never happened to me in Nepal, Cambodia, Thailand and other Asian countries, and I must say I was way more cautious in India. Anyway, by no means I wanted to offend Indian culture or whatsoever. I will def be back and will keep on trying the food:) Like a saying goes: travel loosens you mind. And your bowels. LOL:) So let it be!

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